The government of Rwanda and the Belgian Kingdom today signed 15 million Euro budget support. The funds will be channeled through the Joint Health Sector Support (JHSS III) to support the third Health Sector Strategic Plan (HSSP) and capacity building.
The main objective of the HSSP III is to ensure universal accessibility (in both geographical and financial terms) of quality health services for all Rwandans. Belgium will support the implementation of HSSP III to a tune of 27 million Euros over a three year period. The agreement signed today represents the first tranche of 9 million Euros.
“Belgium has been consistent in supporting the health sector which has continued to grow,” Ambassador Claver Gatete, the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning said.
The Belgian government has also contributed 2 million Euros to Capacity Development Pooled Fund (CDPF) for a three year period (2011-14). CPDF is a multi-donor fund that aims to ensure effective coordination of different agencies involved in supporting capacity development initiatives in the Health sector. The fund partly finances the implementation of capacity building for the Health Sector Strategic Plan.
Belgium has a long tradition in supporting the Health Sector in Rwanda. In the Indicative Cooperation Program 2011-14 between Rwanda and Belgium, the Health sector remains one of the priority sectors alongside energy and decentralization.
“Rwanda has shown impressive development signs and it is one of the countries on course to meet the Millennium Development Goals,” Honorable Jean Pascal Labille, the Belgian Minister for public enterprises and development cooperation said.
Apart from the health sector, part of the agreement signed today will focus on capacity building. It is in this regard that the Belgian government will provide 4 million Euros support to The Public Sector Capacity Building Secretariat (PSCBS). The support is in line with the Government of Rwanda capacity building initiative to improve service delivery.